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David and Sharon Weber at CONduit 17.
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Occupation||Novelist, short story author|
|Genres||Science fiction (esp. military science fiction), fantasy, alternate history|
|Notable work(s)||Honor Harrington series|
David Mark Weber (born October 24, 1952) is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Weber and his wife Sharon live in Greenville, South Carolina with their three children and "a passel of dogs".
Previously the owner of a small advertising and public relations agency, Weber now writes science fiction full time.
His novels range from epic fantasy (Oath of Swords, The War God's Own) to space opera (Path of the Fury, The Armageddon Inheritance) to alternate history (1632 series with Eric Flint) to military science fiction with in-depth characterization.
Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes. By frequently placing female leading characters in what have previously been seen as traditionally male roles, he has explored the challenges faced by women in the military and politics. In his writing he creates a consistent and rationally explained technology and society.
The most popular character he has created is Honor Harrington. Her story, together with the "Honorverse" she inhabits, has been developed through a series of 11 novels, four shared-universe anthologies, and two sub-series. The series has over 3 million copies in print, and Weber has had over thirteen of his titles on the New York Times Best Seller list.
A lifetime military history buff, David Weber has carried his interest of history into his fiction. He is said to be interested in most periods of history, with a strong emphasis on military and diplomatic aspects of it.
David Weber has said he started writing in fifth grade. Weber's first published novels grew out of his work as a war game designer for the Task Force game Starfire. He prefers to write about strong characters. He develops a character's background story in advance in considerable detail because he wants that degree of comfort level with the character. He has said he writes primarily in the evenings and at night.
Weber has said he makes an effort to accept as many invitations to science fiction conferences and conventions as he can because finds that the opportunities for direct feedback from readers which conventions offer is extremely useful to him. He makes a habit of Tuckerizing people from fandom, particularly in the Honor Harrington books (see e.g. Jordin Kare).
In a video interview, he stated that he is a Methodist lay preacher, and that he tries to explore in his writing how religions (both real-life and fictional ones) can be forces for good on the one hand, and misused to defend evil causes on the other hand.
Many of Weber's books are available online, either in their entirety as part of the Baen Free Library or, in the case of more recent books, in the form of sample chapters (typically the first 25-33% of the work).
The first edition hardcover releases by Baen Books of War of Honor, Wind Rider's Oath, At All Costs, Hell Hath No Fury and Torch of Freedom each contained a CD, holding electronic copies of all books of David Weber up to that moment. The CD labels explicitly stated that the contents are freely distributable. The CD's have been mirrored on various sites.
Honor Harrington series
- On Basilisk Station (April 1992) ISBN 0-671-57793-X
- The Honor of the Queen (June 1993) ISBN 0-671-57864-2
- The Short Victorious War (April 1994) ISBN 0-671-87596-5
- Field of Dishonor (October 1994) ISBN 0-671-57820-0
- Flag in Exile (September 1995) ISBN 0-671-31980-9
- Honor Among Enemies (February 1996) ISBN 0-671-87723-2
- In Enemy Hands (July 1997) ISBN 0-671-57770-0
- Echoes of Honor (October 1998) ISBN 0-671-57833-2
- Ashes of Victory (March 2000) ISBN 0-671-57854-5
- War of Honor (October 2002) ISBN 0-7434-3545-1
- At All Costs (November 2005) ISBN 1-4165-0911-9
- Mission of Honor (expected 2010)
Works related to the Honor Harrington series
Worlds of Honor anthologies
Short stories related to the Honor Harrington series - edited by David Weber
- More Than Honor (January 1998) ISBN 0-671-87857-3
- Worlds of Honor (February 1999) ISBN 0-671-57855-3
- Changer of Worlds (March 2001) ISBN 0-671-31975-2
- The Service of the Sword (April 2003) ISBN 0-7434-3599-0
Wages of Sin sub-series
- Crown of Slaves with Eric Flint (September 2003) ISBN 0-7434-7148-2
- Torch of Freedom with Eric Flint (November 2009) ISBN 1-4391-3305-0 
- The Shadow of Saganami (October 2004) ISBN 0-7434-8852-0
- Storm from the Shadows (March 2009) ISBN 1-4165-9147-8
- Mutineers' Moon (October 1991) ISBN 0-671-72085-6
- The Armageddon Inheritance (October 1994) ISBN 0-671-72197-6
- Heirs of Empire (February 1996) ISBN 0-671-87707-0
- Empire From The Ashes (March 2003) ISBN 0-7434-3593-1 (hardcover) ISBN 1-4165-0933-X (trade paperback) is an omnibus re-issue of Mutineers' Moon, The Armageddon Inheritance, and Heirs of Empire.
War God series
- Oath of Swords (February 1995) ISBN 0-671-87642-2
- The War God's Own (May 1998) ISBN 0-671-87873-5
- Wind Rider's Oath (May 2004) ISBN 0-7434-8821-0
- Sword Brother, a novella published together with a January 2007 edition of Oath of Swords, ISBN 1-4165-2086-4
- Off Armageddon Reef (January 2007) ISBN 0-7653-1500-9
- By Schism Rent Asunder (July 2008) ISBN 0-7653-1501-7
- By Heresies Distressed (June 2009) ISBN 0-7653-1503-3
- A Mighty Fortress (scheduled March 2010)
- Path of the Fury (December 1992) ISBN 0-671-72147-X
- The Apocalypse Troll (January 1999) ISBN 0-671-57845-6
- The Excalibur Alternative (January 2002) ISBN 0-671-31860-8, expands Sir George and the Dragon, a short story which appeared in the anthology Foreign Legions edited by David Drake (2001) ISBN 0-671-31990-6
- Bolo! (January 2005) ISBN 0-7434-9872-0
- Old Soldiers (January 2007) ISBN 1-4165-0898-8
- In Fury Born (April 2006) ISBN 1-4165-2054-6 is an expanded re-issue of Path of the Fury
- Worlds of Weber: Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington and Other Stories (September 2008) ISBN 978-159606-177-4
With Steve White
Starfire series (based on the Starfire games)
- Insurrection (November 1990) ISBN 0-671-72024-4
- Crusade (March 1992) ISBN 0-671-72111-9
- In Death Ground (May 1997) ISBN 0-671-87779-8
- The Shiva Option (February 2002) ISBN 0-671-31848-9
- The Stars at War (August 2004) ISBN 0-7434-8841-5 is an omnibus hardcover re-issue of Crusade and In Death Ground
- The Stars at War II (July 2005) ISBN 0-7434-9912-3 is an omnibus hardcover re-issue of The Shiva Option and Insurrection with 20,000 words of connecting material and restored edits.
With John Ringo
Empire of Man series
- March Upcountry (May 2001) ISBN 0-671-31985-X
- March to the Sea (May 2001) ISBN 0-671-31826-8
- March to the Stars (January 2003) ISBN 0-7434-3562-1
- We Few (April 2005) ISBN 0-7434-9881-X
With Eric Flint
- 1633 (July 2002) ISBN 0-7434-3542-7
- 1634: The Baltic War (May 2007) ISBN 1-4165-2102-X
- In the Navy, a short story in the anthology Ring of Fire edited by Eric Flint (2004) ISBN 0-7434-7175-X, set in the world of the 1632 series
In the Honor Harrington series, see Wages of Sin sub-series
With Linda Evans
- Hell's Gate (April 2008) ISBN 1-4165-0939-9
- Hell Hath No Fury (June 2008) ISBN 1-4165-2101-1
- The Warmasters (2002) ISBN 0-7434-3534-6, includes David Weber's Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington together with Island by Eric Flint and Choosing sides by David Drake.
- ^ a b c d "Hot News from Baen Books". Baen Books. March 3, 2000. http://www.baen.com/press.htm#Ashes. Retrieved January 18, 2009.
- ^ a b c d e f g h Interview by Alyse Wilson
- ^ Anvil, Christopher (First printing, April 2003). "Introduction by David Weber". The Interstellar Patrol. edited by Eric Flint, Cover art by Mark Hennessey-Barratt. P.O. Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471: Baen Publishing Enterprises. pp. p. 3. ISBN ISBN 0-7434-3600-8. http://www.baen.com. "I'm delighted that someone is making Christopher Anvil's work available once again. Especially the Interstellar Patrol stories. Vaughan Roberts, Morrissey, and Hammell have always been three of my very favorite characters, and I've always loved Anvil's . . . peculiar sense of humor.
"I suppose, if I'm going to be honest, that Roberts' J-class ship is another of my favorite characters. In fact, although I hadn't realized it until I sat down to write this introduction, I suspect that there was a lot of the Patrol boat's computer hiding somewhere in the depths of my memory when I created Dahak for the Mutineers' Moon series. After all, Dahak is simply another self-aware ship kidnapping itself a captain on a somewhat larger scale. They even have a few personality traits in common."
- ^ John Joseph Adams (May 7, 2007). "David Weber takes readers on a tour Off Armageddon Reef and discusses writing, religion and responsibility". SCI FI Weekly. SciFi.com. http://www.scifi.com/sfw/interviews/sfw15625.html. Retrieved January 22, 2009. "It occurred to me a few years go that the person who really got me interested in world-building was Annie McCaffrey. Her world of Pern fascinated me from the day that I read the very first novel in serialized form in Analog."
- ^ a b c d WebScription.net
- ^ Convergence 2009
- ^ a b c Stephen Hunt (2002). "In Honor I gained them". SF Crowsnest.com. http://www.sfcrowsnest.com/sfnews2/02_july/news0702_1.shtml. Retrieved January 22, 2009.
- ^ Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Collection
- ^ Blackfive video interview with David Weber on Baen.com
- ^ BaenCD at The Fifth Imperium
- ^ Text of all of the Baen CD-ROM labels
- ^ Torch of Freedom
- ^ http://www.davidweber.net/books
- ^ http://www.davidweber.net/faqs/index/series:6
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- David Weber's Official Home Page
- David Weber at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Baen Books' catalogue for David Weber
- David Weber on WebScription.net